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Martha JP McQuade

Divorce and separation Attorney at Alexandria, VA

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also known as Martha McQuade


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About Martha

Learn Martha’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    including property division, child custody, child support, spousal support and all other aspects

  2. Family
    25%

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%

  4. Child custody
    15%

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

I believe in direct communication and cooperation between the lawyer and client. A lawyer can’t be helpful if he or she talks at you or around you. So I'll ask lots of questions, I'll really listen to your answers, I’ll give you straight answers to your questions, and, together, we will craft an approach that gives us the best chance at achieving your goals. At every step in the process, we’ll watch for opportunities to settle issues. Bear in mind, however, that well prepared litigation is sometimes needed to create the environment for settlement. 

 

Ms. McQuade is experienced, knowledgeable, respected and has practiced exclusively in the family law field for almost 30 years.

 

She has been chosen for inclusion in ‘Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2009, in SuperLawyers Magazine every year since 2008, in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Divorce Lawyers” since 2004, and in Martindale-Hubbell’s “Preeminent Lawyers” since 1997 (through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, she has consistently been given top scores in both ethics and competence in her area of practice.)

Licensed for 38 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/27/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1985
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/30/2015

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Martha

McQuade Byrum PLLC
602 N Columbus St
Alexandria, VA, 22314

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
An attorney on your side...
I have been associated with Ms. McQuade for over 6 years. Ms. McQuade first assisted with my divorce, and then later with action to stop paying support. I would best describe Ms. McQuade as a professional, attention to detail oriented person and knowledgeable of the law and legal process. I would also describe Ms. McQuade as an attorney who is honest, speaks from experience and with candor. Ms. McQuade and the associates in her office are professional, compassionate and thorough. Throughout the years, they have kept me informed on all developments and answered my questions thoroughly and promptly. There are a lot of law firms to choose from, and you have to pick a law firm that fits you. But if you are looking for a firm that demonstrates professionalism, honesty and compassion, I would recommend McQuade Byrum PLLC.
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Posted by Bipin | July 26, 2013
Great Divorce Lawyer
II retained Martha after my ex-wife put a restraining order against me, and than filed for a divorce. My case was difficult as I was not able to obtain any needed documents as they were very old and only copy we had were in the home, and I did not had access to my home to retrieve them. Martha helped me in preparing all documents needed in a court. She is very professional, and her knowledge of the law and legal process was instrumental in obtaining my rightful share in marital settlement agreement and getting a divorce.
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Posted by Bill | May 7, 2013
Divorcing
Ms. McQuade walked me through my separation and divorce this past year. She was very professional and exposed where the competing counsel was making critical errors. Her knowledge of the laws and process was evident and you can be confident in trusting her to help you make the correct decisions in such an emotionally taxing period.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner/Attorney
  • McQuade Byrum PLLC
  • 2006 - 2019
  • Managing Partner/Attorney
  • McQuade & Hite PLLC
  • 1997 - 2006
  • Partner/Attorney/Head of Virginia Family Law Division
  • Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Associate/Attorney
  • Feldesman , Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank
  • 1987 - 1992
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Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD
  • 1984
  • University of Texas
  • BJ
  • 1975

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Conciliator for Motions Day
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Chair, Lawyer Disciplinary Board
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Women's Bar Association Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Chair and Moderator, Annual Bench-Bar CLE
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal System
  • President
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
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Honors and Awards

  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Clarence Dunnaville Award
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference
  • 2014
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Fellow
  • Virginia Law Foundation
  • 2013
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • A 'Best Lawyer' in Family Law every year since 2009
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2009
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • A SuperLawyer in Family Law every year since 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Board of Governors
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • 2006
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Best Lawyers in Family Law
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2004
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Star of the Bar
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • 2004
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Frederick B. Abramson Award for Bar Leadership
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 2000
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Gerald B. Roemer Community Service Award
  • Department of Justice Pride
  • 1999
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rated (highest level for ethics and competence) since 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rated (highest level for both ethics and competence)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
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Publications

  • ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • The road to INDEPENDENCE
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • AAML/VTLA Annual Divorce Practice Seminar
  • Equitable Distribution and Grounds in Same-Sex Marriages
  • 2015
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association Ethics Breakfast
  • Ethical Issues in Litigation
  • 2011
  • VTLA Advanced Family Law Retreat
  • Client Goals and Expectations in Custody Litigation
  • 2009
  • Venable LLP Litigation Seminar
  • Women in Negotiations
  • 2007
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association CLE
  • Rainmaking/Client Development
  • 2006
  • Fairfax Bar Association Convention
  • The Lawyer Disciplinary Process
  • 2005
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association Annual Ethics Breakfast
  • Cases in Professionalism and Civility
  • 2004
  • Arlington County Bar Association Family Law Annual Seminar
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients, Opposing Counsel and Judges
  • 2004
  • American Bar Association National Summit for Women in Law Firms
  • Essential Negotiation Skills and Strategies
  • 1999
  • Washington College of Law Founder's Day Celebration
  • Enduring Contributions of Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillettt
  • 1996
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with her as co-counsel. She represents clients who are in the military who have potential adverse consequences within the military, this is where I co-counsel with her to bring my military law expertise to ensure a well rounded representation."
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Alexandria Divorce and separation Lawyer Martha JP McQuade
Martha JP McQuade
Divorce and separation Attorney
Alexandria, VA
Licensed for 38 years